Robin Thompson

Post-doctoral Researcher

Department of Zoology

University of Oxford

Peter Medawar Building

South Parks Road

Oxford, OX1 3SY, UK

My research involves building and analysing mathematical models of pathogen spread and evolution. I use stochastic and deterministic modelling approaches, and parameterise the models using statistical parameter inference techniques such as Markov chain Monte Carlo and approximate Bayesian computation. The models can not only be used to understand how pathogens spread and evolve, but also to assess the impacts of different possible control interventions.  If you are interested in collaborating on a project, please get in touch.  For more information about me, see my personal website.

Research Interests

Kraemer MU, Faria NR, Reiner RC Jr, Golding N, Nikolay B, Stasse S, Johansson MA, Salje H, Faye O, Wint GR, Niedrig M, Shearer FM, Hill SC, Thompson RN, Bisanzio D, Taveira N, Nax HH, Pradelski BS, Nsoesie EO, Murphy NR, Bogoch II, Khan K, Brownstein JS, Tatem AJ, de Oliveira T, Smith DL, Sall AA, Pybus OG, Hay SI, Cauchemez S (2017) Spread of yellow fever virus outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic Congo 2015-2016: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases 17:330-38

Thompson RN, Gilligan CA, Cunniffe NJ (2016) Detecting presymptomatic infection is necessary to forecast major epidemics in the earliest stages of infectious disease outbreaks. PLOS Computational Biology 12:e1004836

Thompson RN, Cobb RC, Gilligan CA, Cunniffe NJ (2016) Management of invading pathogens should be informed by epidemiology rather than administrative boundaries. Ecological Modelling 324:28-32

Thompson RN, Yates CA, Baker RE (2012) Modelling cell migration and adhesion during development. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 74:2793-2809

Tappin SJ, Howard TA, Hampson MM, Thompson RN, Burns CE (2012) On the autonomous detection of coronal mass ejections in heliospheric imager data. Journal of Geophysical Research 117:A05103